Bis­cuits re­duce your shelf life

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS -

LONDON: Eat­ing bis­cuits, cakes and pro­cessed foods that con­tain trans fat could harm your mem­ory, warn re­searchers.

A study of 1 000 healthy men aged un­der 45 found that those who ate the most trans fat had worse scores in a word mem­ory test. The link re­mained after tak­ing ac­count of age, ed­u­ca­tion and de­pres­sion.

Par­tic­i­pants in the study were asked to com­plete a di­etary ques­tion­naire, from which their trans fat con­sump­tion was es­ti­mated, be­fore be­ing put through the test.

Each ad­di­tional gram a day of the fats con­sumed was as­so­ci­ated with an es­ti­mated 0.76 fewer words cor­rectly re­called.

Trans fats are cre­ated when hy­dro­gen is added to veg­etable oil to make it more solid. They are used both in pro­cessed food and in restau­rants, of­ten to im­prove the tex­ture, shelf life or flavour of foods.

The UK food in­dus­try has in re­cent years re­duced or elim­i­nated in­dus­tri­ally pro­duced trans fat in foods.

Study leader Dr Beatrice Golomb, of the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, San Diego School of Medicine, said the fats, which have been linked to higher body weight, more ag­gres­sion and heart dis­ease, “in­crease the shelf life of foods, but re­duce the shelf life of peo­ple”. – Daily Mail

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